MEET THE TEAM
Hugh boasts a prestigious resume of making cool-climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir from the Sonoma Coast, but his previous experience developing a Zinfandel and Rhône program make him a perfect fit for Quivira. After conducting research at UC Davis in Viticulture and Enology, Hugh worked in the Sierra foothills with Zinfandel and Rhône varieties. Pursuing new opportunities on the Sonoma Coast, he took over winemaking at Flowers Vineyard & Winery from 2000 to 2004 before becoming the Director of Winemaking at Lynmar Estate in the Russian River Valley. Hugh was drawn to Quivira’s unique terroir and became winemaker in 2010. At Quivira, Hugh unconventionally utilizes his warm and cool climate experiences delivering wines with bold varietal character that demonstrate balance and finesse.
NED HORTONVineyard Manager
Driven by the principles of organic farming and biodynamic practices, Ned has overseen the viticultural program at Quivira Vineyards since 2005. His constant and unwavering goal is improving wine quality through communication between winemaking in the cellar and vineyard activity at every stage. Influenced by biodynamic expert Alan York and the teachings of Rudolph Steiner, Quivira’s long-term leadership position in organic farming is a testament to all that Ned brings to the table…along with his trusty Felco shears.
PETE & TERRI KIGHTProprietors
Pete Kight’s lifelong interest in wine and the science of growing grapes led him on a quest for just the right vineyards and winery location. In the spring of 2006, Pete and Terri met Henry and Holly Wendt, the founders of Quivira. They were captivated by the winery’s location at the confluence of Wine Creek and Dry Creek, with its historical significance in the evolution of grapegrowing and winemaking in Dry Creek Valley. They were also struck by Henry’s vision for better wine through better vineyard management, using biodynamic and organic farming techniques. They shook hands on the purchase after the second meeting. Since purchasing the winery and vineyards in the summer of 2006, Pete and Terri have rallied the Quivira team around a strong sense of purpose and the mutual understanding of how a sustainable, holistic approach to growing grapes can yield distinctive wines.